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Prof. Virender Gupta welcomed the forthcoming visit of new interlocutor

State BJP Spokesperson, Prof. Virender Gupta welcomed the forthcoming visit of new interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma to hold sustainable dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir at Srinagar. Though the separatists, state as well as Centre Congress leaders and National Conference have raised doubts about the outcome of the present exercise but Sharma has expressed his optimism and confidence to break the ice.

Prof. Virender appreciated Mr. Sharma’s statement that he would put his serious efforts to bring the peace in the Valley and told that one should refrain from fishing in the desert. The Spokesperson said that present efforts by the Government of India are aimed to reach to a permanent solution of the Jammu & Kashmir issue and it cannot be equated to the previous efforts during Congress government at the Centre which lacked the courage and conviction to implement the recommendations of the interlocutors appointed by it or those of working groups constituted by it and the words of Mr. Dineshwar Sharma “his efforts have to be judged with sincerity and not through the prism of the past”.

Prof. Virender refuted the statement that the present dialogue process by Modi government is to hoodwink the international community and their pessimism about the outcome. He added that present dialogue would surely stand to the expectations of Prime Minister’s speech on August 15, on Independence Day, “Na gaali se, nag goli se, parivartan hoga gale logaane se”, i.e. “neither the abuses nor the bullets can bring change in Kashmir, but it shall only by embracing the people.”

The State Spokesperson said that it is hoped that the interlocutor, Mr. Dineshwar Sharma would take comprehensive view of the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir and would address the grievances of the people of Jammu region and those of Ladakh region who have always been discriminated in the last 70 years because of the Kashmiri domination and have been feeling neglected in political, administrative and financial sectors. He added that the solution to the Jammu and Kashmir should be such that it can address the aspirations of all the three regions of the state and address the issues pertaining to Kashmiri Pandits who faced large scale exodus from the valley.